Author: owloasis

Fun Find

Site 1

The recent saw-whet owl was near by, but seemed to have only stayed in that roost for 1 day. I thought I had re-found it when I heard a cacophony of scolding nuthatches, chickadees,titmice,cardinals, and a single white-throated sparrow. Their ire was directed at small-mid sized well-foliated norway maple. Scanning the tree for the suspect owl, I finally got a glimpse of the culprit, but it wasn’t the saw-whet. It was a red phased screech owl. Most likely the same red phased owl that the box camera caught back on September 24th. The owl had not been back to the box since that day, but it would seem its still in the area, as the maple tree roost is about 700-800 feet away from the box.

red phased screech owl, through the only foliage window.
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Owling Challenge 2018

Last years challenge was a bit of a pitcher’s duel, not many owls for points. I won last years challenge 1-0, with a road side barred owl. This year is off to a faster start. The first point for 2018 was also a road side barred owl, unfortunately it was too dark, and the docu-pic is in question. The ruling on the field is 1 point, but it maybe up for protest at the end of the season based on the poor quality of documentation. The second point was for a saw-whet owl that I was alerted to by tufted titmice. otherwise never would have seen it. So right now the score is 2 points for me, 0 points for my wife.

The questionable docu-shot for a barred owl, can almost make out the tail and the top of its head??? maybe a protest review if there is a tie.
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Saw-Whet Owl 1 point for me

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2018 Summary

One of the better years for this trail 6 nesting attempts with at least 15 owlets fledged.  Though there was a bit of site re-arranging .

Site 1
Massachusetts
No Nesting this year, only owl seen this season was a one day snowy owl about 1/3 mile away.

Site 2
Massachusetts
No screech owls…but calling of barred owls through out year.

Site 3
Massachusetts
Screech Owls: 2 Red phase successful nesting

Total: 4 owlets fledged by 5/26/2018

Site 4

Discontinued

Site 5
Maryland successful nesting but details lacking
Screech Owls,
Yes, but no data

Site 6
Massachusetts
First pair of screech owls at site.

Total: At least 2 owlets but timing?

Site 7
Massachusetts
Relocated for 2017 season
2018: Total: Fledged 3 owlets first week of June.

Site 8
Massachusetts
Total: at least 3 owlets fledged End of May.

Site 9
No Nesting but temp. substituted a near by  (but different territory) box that did have a nest

Total:  at least 3 owlets at substitute site fledged early June.

2018 Totals:
screech owl fledged….. 15+ (massachusetts)+ Maryland.

First 2 Occupants of the Season

Site 1 and Site 3,

Just a bit early but had 2 boxes with screech owls spend the day on Sunday Sept 23rd, 2018.  This is the first Screech owl activity at Site 1 since April 2015. Hopefully the owl will stick around and set up a territory, and not just traveling through the area.  Based on the screen capture of the in box camera, it does look like a red phase.

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Site 3. Had an owl take up residence in July last year, this could be one of the pair last year, as they were a red phased pair (pretty sure).

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Re-assigned Site 7

Site 7.

Site 7 had been discontinued, so it got re-assigned last year, and has had 2 successful nesting, one last year and one this year.

From the owner:

I forgot my box number but wanted to tell you that we have had success for 2 seasons in a row.
2017 we had 3 owlets that fledged and I believe the same female produced 3 owlets this year pictured below.
 
We have no camera inside so I am happy that we have these for reference. They fledged the day after their portraits were captured.
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Thanks again for the update, it was a good year on this trail for nesting screech owls.

Substitute Site 9

Site 9.

Site 9 did not have a nest this year but the owner had a friend that lives near by, who also got a box from me around the same time (4-5 years ago) had an owl pair and nest for the first time since installation.  Although it is far enough away to most likely be a completely different owl territory than site 9, it is close enough to use it as a substitute site 9 for this year…

from the owner of Site 9.

you installed a box for M. many years ago ( 4 or 5 ) looked out her window and found an owl peeking out! The male is close by and they are vocalizing together! M. is so happy! I will keep you posted and I will send you a little video she shared with me! I am going over to get photos this weekend…Sad our owls left on March 20 (original site 9) and set up house somewhere else ! We have no idea why but hear them in the back near the wetlands and I see the male flying out at night!
Anyway, here is a screen grab from the video of the 3 owlets that fledged from this substitute site.
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Back to the Good.

Site 3.

Looks like there are nesting owls here.  It has been tough to confirm this as the box had been very quiet through out March and April, and observations were sporadic. However,  it seems the young owlets are growing and the weather warming, which affords the mom some breaks to rest in the entrance.  I am pretty sure I heard the owlets, when the mom tucks back down to them as well.  She seems to be skittish/protective now that she is a mom, so she tucks back in quickly if observed too much.

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